September 07 2012 05:50PM

Edmonton Oilers

Over the years, the Edmonton Oilers have provided us with tremendous on and off ice entertainment. Although there are dark skies on the NHL horizon, the relationship between the Oilers and Oilers Nation shines on.

I had some fun at Klondike Days in the 70s and 80s, saw the Beach Boys and Chicago (don't remember the year for either concert). I've seen some wonderful football, the Eskimos have been excellent entertainment for most of my life. The really good rock bands always seem to come here, even in the beginning.

My favorite shows? Hmmm. Elvis Costello don't remember the year, Genesis was amazing the time I saw them and even though they were exactly 100 years old, the Rolling Stones rocked Commonwealth the night I was there in a big way. Only band on the planet that can boast Keith Richards throwaway line "here's one" and then back it up with the alltime "Happy." Man, that was a night to remember.


When it comes down to putting a footprint on a community, the Edmonton Oilers are kings. In my day job, driving around talking to people in the city, the subject has gone from "where will they play the Russian?" to "how long will we have to wait?" with very little time for anger, rage or threat.


Oilers Nation will stand vigil until the heroes return. Whatever the issues keeping Edmonton and their Oilers apart, the fanbase will return stronger than ever. Hockey is part of the fabric, like beer, Jill Hennessy, blue jeans and donair.

Hurry Sundown, come on winter.

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Jason Gregor
September 07 2012 12:22PM

It's Positive Friday, so let's drift off into a fantasy world that doesn't involve another potential lockout involving two sides who can't find a way to split $3.3 billion in gross revenues. I had to get off twitter because I couldn't stomach seeing another, "Bettman, Daly and the two Fehr's have been meeting for an hour," or  "Two hours and they are stillllllllllll meeting."

They are meeting, and the meeting lasted two hours, maybe longer. OMG. What's next we will find out Shania Twain lip-synched at the Grey Cup in Edmonton?

Okay, I digress, there will be no more mention of the lockout in the next few paragraphs, and instead I will write with the assumption that in 14 days the Oilers, and every other NHL team, will report to training camp on September 21st. That's a much more positive option for hockey fans.

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Kids on the penalty kill

Jonathan Willis
September 06 2012 10:51AM

In 2011-12, for the first time in four seasons, the Edmonton Oilers had a relatively successful penalty kill. After being marooned in the league basement while down a man in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Oilers managed to finish above league average, killing 82.4 percent of penalties against.

Naturally, the only logical question to ask is ‘why aren’t the kids killing penalties?’

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Robin Brownlee
September 05 2012 02:15PM

If Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche can recognize the lay of the land and peel the "C" off his jersey and hand the captaincy over to a teenager like Gabriel Landeskog, why can't Shawn Horcoff do the same with Taylor Hall?

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Jason Gregor
September 05 2012 01:55PM

I don't have anything against Donald Fehr or Gary Bettman, but I'm happy we won't have to hear from them until next week. Up until this point neither has said anything of real substance. I wouldn't expect them to. Most fans don't want to hear either side bitch and moan about how they are being wronged, especially when they are taking about money. They all make more than 95% of the fans ever will, so don't expect sympathy from "the best fans in the world."

Asking them a question is pointless because they will only give an answer that they feel might sway the fans to their side. At this point the most pressing question I have is when did Gary start wearing an earring (or what looks like an earring in the above photo from That is very risque for the commissioner of a pro league to do, so maybe Gary is lightening up during his potential third lockout/strike.

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